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modelling infrastructure systems: a hybrid approach for system transition

Modelling infrastructure systems: A hybrid approach for system transition
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Chiong Meza, C.M. and G.P.J. Dijkema: Modelling infrastructure systems: A hybrid approach for system transition, pp. 1-6. In: Proceedings of the NGInfra-IEEE International Scientific Conference "Building Networks for a Brighter Future", 10-12 November (2008). At: Rotterdam, The Netherlands. [Delft], IEEE, 2008. Eds.: P.M. Herder; P.W. Heijnen and A.Nauta. International Proceeding (Refereed)

Catherine Chiong Meza
Gerard Dijkema

The depletion of energy resources, the quest for security-of-supply and the need to mitigate climate change may require or invoke for a transition of energy infrastructures. We conjecture that the phenomenon of transitions is not sufficiently understood to merit high expectations from transition management since energy infrastructures are complex, large scale socio-technical systems. Transitions are not only multi-layered phenomena«;» they include feedback loops within and across layers. We have combined four complementary approaches - Socio-technical regimes, social theory, Institutional Economics and Actor-Network theory - to unravel the phenomenon of transitions and present a functional specification of a transition modelling framework. We suggest the development of a hybrid modelling approach to enable the analysis of transitions of socio-technical systems, to provide support to decision-makers involved in shaping their transition and to explore the feasibility of transition management. System dynamics and agent-based modelling are suitable modelling paradigms using energy infrastructures as an example, as a first step towards enabling transition management.

For a copy of this paper please contact Catherine Chiong Meza.

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